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Friday, June 16, 2017
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Tropicals

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to add a touch of the tropics to your garden or patio. While many of these plants are tender or marginally hardy, most can survive a mild winter with just a little bit of protection. Others should be treated as annuals, or brought indoors if you want to keep them year after year. Here are some of my favourite plants for creating a tropical look and feel in the garden.
Windmill Palm Tree

Windmill Palm Tree

Trachycarpus fortunei

The windmill palm is one of the only palm trees hardy in our Zone 7 climate. A slender, tree-like trunk is covered in dark hairy fibers. Fan like, evergreen palm fronds emerge from the top of the trunk to create a wonderful tropical appearance. Great accent plant or specimen for the yard, the hot tub or the pool! While usually hardy, protect it in winter from cold, winds, snow and ice. Moderate grower, 25 to 30 ft. tall with a compact 8 to 10 ft. wide crown. Best in full sun and regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Evergreen. Hardy in zones 7-11.
Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana

This unique tree is native to South America and is a wonderful specimen tree. It’s name comes from the fact that it is the only tree a Monkey can’t climb! Foliage is evergreen, sharp and pointy. Plant this one where it can be seen but not touched! Well suited for coastal planting sites in the full sun. Can grow to 75ft, but extremely slow growing, it may be generations before it reaches that height!
Hardy Fibre Banana Plant

Hardy Fibre Banana

Musa basjoo

Musa basjoo is the most hardy variety of the banana plants. If you want even a chance of the plant surviving in our climate, this is the one to choose. Large tropical looking leaves emerge from a central stalk. A fast grower, with huge leaves that may reach 2 feet wide and 6 feet long. Produces attractive golden cream flowers and small, somewhat seedy fruit. Excellent for use in borders, containers or near a pool. Best grown in full sun with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Loves organic soils and benefits from high nitrogen fertilizers. Protect from strong winds that can damage the leaves. Hardy in zones 7-11. Winter will usually kill off the mother plant, but if you can protect the roots, new baby banana plants will emerge from the soil.
Cherie Tropical Hibiscus

Cherie Tropical Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Cherie’

Tropical Hibiscus are the warmth loving cousins of the more hardy Rose of Sharon that blooms and survives here in Vancouver. Cherie is orange-red flowering form with large, tropical-looking, summer-blooming flowers. The plant itself is deciduous, if it survives the winter, and is moderate growing up to 6-8ft tall and 3-4ft wide. It’s best planted in full sun with regular watering. Hardy in zones 10-11
Canna Tropicanna

Tropicanna Canna Lily

Canna var ‘Phasion’

Canna Tropicanna is a tropical perennial with tall stems crowned by large bright orange flower heads blooming in summer. Exotic foliage adds interest, with emerging bright burgundy leaves maturing with stripes of red, pink, yellow, and green. This dramatic specimen provides bold color and lush texture to garden beds, or as a featured container specimen. Herbaceous perennial. Upright stalks quickly reach 5 ft. tall, forming clumps 3 to 4 ft. wide. Best grown in full sun. Needs regular watering - best with evenly moist soil. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. In mild winter areas leave in-ground for spring regrowth. In cold winter areas dig and store bulb in a cool dry place. Hardy in zones 7-11
Black Pantha Lily of the Nile Agapanthus

Black Pantha Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus orientalis ‘Black Pantha’

Black Pantha Lily of the Nile is a tender perennial with round clusters of dark blue, trumpet shaped flowers that appear on a 3ft stalk above the gray-green foliage. Blooms in late spring to summer. Great cut flower too! This plant can reach 3ft tall and 2ft wide and is great for mixed borders, containers and mass plantings. Best for sun to part sun in moist, fertile well drained soil. Allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. Performs better with a yearly application of fertilizer in Spring. Hardy in zones 7-11
Frostproof Gardenia

Frost Proof Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof'

Frostproof is a Gardenia with a more upright habit, supporting shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant, white 2- to 3-inch wide flowers make this a fine hedge or foundation plant that thrives with more direct sun than other varieties. Flower buds resist late spring frosts without damage. Slow growing to 5 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Evergreen in warmer climates. Best in full to part sun. Hardy in zones 7-11
Goldfinger New Zealand Iris

Goldfinger Libertia

Libertia ixiodes ‘Goldfinger’

Also known as New Zealand Iris, this alternative to Phormium offers narrow, vibrant orange-gold evergreen foliage with a similar upright spiky habit. It’s small size and vertical form make Libertia ideal for borders and containers. White, star-like flowers mature to ornamental seed pods. Best grown in full to part sun. Hardy in zones 7-10
Star Jasmine Vine

Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Star Jasmine is a great one for adding vertical interest. This semi-evergreen climbing vine is known for its deliciously perfumed spring and summer-blooming white flowers. Best in full sun and regular watering. Its twining stems can grow 18-20ft. Hardy to zone 8, but is fairly reliable even in our colder zone 7 climate.
Lavender Lady Passionflower Vine

Lavender Lady Passionflower Vine

Passiflora x ‘Lavender Lady’

Possibly one of the most beautiful, complex flowers we have ever seen. Lavender Lady Passion Flower is a semi-evergreen to deciduous vine with intriguing lavender to purple showy flowers that bloom in summer through fall. Its fast growing and vigorous, reaching 15-20ft long. Best in full sun and winter protection. Water regularly when top inches of soil are dry. Officially its hardy in zones 9-11, but we have seen it survive in the Pacific Northwest in protected areas and with milder winters.
Sizziling Pink Fringe Flower

Sizzling Pink Fringe Flower

Loropetalum chinense 'Sizzling Pink'

Sizzling Pink Fringe Flower produces Clusters of rich, pink fringed flowers that repeat throughout the year. Showy new growth is deep burgundy maintaining the purple tinged foliage as it matures. Use as a colorful accent in borders and containers. Best in full to part sun. Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry. Evergreen. Reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide. Hardy in zones 7-9
King Tut Papyrus

King Tut Egyptian Papyrus

Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’

King Tut Papyrus is an upright growing, graceful grass is grown for its attractive looking foliage. Feathery heads on green stalks create a striking effect for water gardens or damp areas. Can grow 4-6ft tall. Its best planted in the full sun either in or very near water. Also wonderful when used in containers. Treat this one as an annual as it will not survive our winters. Hardy in zones 9-11.
Royal Hawaiian Black Coral Elephant Ear

Royal Hawaiian Black Coral Elephant Ear

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral'

The Royal Hawaiian Black Coral Elephant Ear, or Colocasia produces large striking, glossy, jet-black foliage that contrasts spectacularly with bright-colored plants. Spreads freely in rich, wet soils; more slowly in dry, clay soil. Adds bold color and tropical flair to any garden. Best in full to part sun. Highly effective at the edge of a pond or water garden. Performs in containers. Herbaceous perennial. Reaches 3 to 3½ ft. tall and wide. Hardy in zones 8 - 10
Gunnera Manicata

Giant Rhubarb

Gunnera manicata

This amazing looking plant produces giant leaves from the base of the plant to create a dramatic striking display. Leaves can be 1-2ft in diameter. Some call it the Dinosaur Plant because of its huge leaves. Prefers full to part sun and moist, if not wet soil. Blooms June through August. Perennial, hardy in zones 5-7. Not edible.

Hope you enjoyed this selection of outdoor tropicals. As always, please call ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing!


Friday, June 17, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Tropicals

At this time of year, the nursery is filled with wonderful water plants, succulents, tender perennials and tropicals of every description. While we know that most of these won't survive our winter without protection, they bring back fond memories of tropical vacations and exotic destinations. This is what we call, 'Zone Denial'. So go ahead, don't worry about longevity with these ones, day dream a little, and consider adding a few of these tropical plants to your next patio pot, or warm spot in the garden.

Red Leaf Banana

Red Leaved Banana

Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

A true tropical favourite, the red leaved banana creates exciting vertical interest in the garden and catches attention with its red and green coloured leaves. It is not hardy in our area and will need to be brought inside over the winter. An excellent specimen for containers, in sun rooms, poolside or urban gardens. Plant it in full sun, with a minimum of 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. Bananas like humidity and do require regular watering, especially in extreme heat. This variety is fast growing and will reach 12-15ft in height. Hardy in USDA zones 10-11

canna australis

Bronze Canna Lily

Canna 'Australis'

Cannas are fast growing tender perennials that offer banana-like upright growing tropical foliage. They love water and are often planted pond side or even in boggy soil. They bloom in late summer with very attractive colourful flowers. ‘Australis’ is one of the most attractive varieties featuring dark burgundy leaves and red flowers in abundance. We have many different varieties available during the summer - some with green foliage, others with dark foliage. We generally suggest lifting and storing Canna roots over winter to ensure their survival. Grows 48-60 inches in height. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10

Dwary Papyrus Plant

Giant Dwarf Papyrus

Cyperus percamenthus

This variety of Papyrus is grown in shallow water and creates green upright foliage with large tufts of wispy foliage on top. Looks very architectural and great when mass planted. Best grown in full sun to shade. Grows to 18 inches in height. Hardy USDA in zones 9-10.

Windmill Palm Tree

Windmill Palm

Trachycarpus fortunei

This northwest hardy palm tree is one of the only varieties that can survive a typical winter in our area. It’s a fan-leafed palm with a dark trunk that is usually thicker on top and is covered with dense, hairy looking fiber. It will add a tropical feel wherever it is planted. Prefers rich, well drained soil. Best in full sun. Water regularly for a strong healthy root system. Can grow up to 30ft tall and 20ft wide in optimal conditions. If it gets cold in winter, protect it from cold winds, snow and ice. Hardy to Zone 7.

Silk Tree

Ombrella Mimosa Tree / Silk Tree

Albizia julibrissin ‘Boubri’

The Silk tree is an exotic looking colorful landscape tree attractive to birds with its large, cherry-pink, powder-puff shaped, fragrant flowers that appear profusely-even on young trees. Striking, multi-trunk tree with dark green fern-textured foliage. A great specimen plant, ideal for the poolside, coastal locations, and urban gardens. Best grown in full sun, 6-8 hours of direct sunlight for best growth. Heat tolerant. Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Fast growing to 30ft tall and wide in perfect conditions. Hardy in USDA zones 6-9

Pink Stripe New Zealand Flax

Pink Stripe New Zealand Flax

Phormium ‘Pink Stripe’

Pink Stripe New Zealand Flax is a bushy flax with grey-green to bronze foliage with bright pink margins. We have several other varieties in stock including bronze, purple and yellow foliaged varieties. Upright habit. Excellent in containers. Bring indoors or at least a sheltered location outside over winter. Prefers full sun and fertile, moist, but well drained soils. Grows 5-6ft tall and 2-3ft wide. Hardy in Zone 8.

Frost Proof Gardenia

Frostproof Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides ‘Frostproof’

Frostproof Gardenia has a more upright habit, supporting shiny, dark green leaves and fragrant, white 2- to 3-inch wide flowers that bloom in summer. Makes a fine hedge or foundation plant that thrives with more direct sun than other varieties. ! buds resist late spring frosts without damage. Deer resistant. Evergreen. Prefers 6+ hours of sunlight per day. Needs regular watering, more often in extreme heat. Slow growing to 5ft tall and up to 4ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11.

Calycanthus Aphrodite

Sweet Shrub ‘Aphrodite’

Calcycanthus ‘Aphrodite’

This medium sized deciduous shrub features large red, magnolia-like flowers, that are fragrant and bloom in summer. It will often re-bloom throughout the season. Flowers are accented by glossy green, attractive foliage. A distinctive addition to mixed borders and perennial gardens. Prune after flowering. Prefers full sun and will tolerate most moist, well drained soils. Grows to 5-6ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9.

Grecian Pattern Plant

Grecian Pattern Plant

Acanthus mollis ‘Oak Leaf’

This easy care plant features large, intriguing looking foliage that resembles an oakleaf. Is often grown for foliage alone or for its attention getting spikes of whitish-lilac flowers. Spreads rapidly in good conditions. Useful in perennial borders or background planting. Best grown in part sun. Likes regular watering. Fast growing to 4ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 6-11

Arbequina Hardy Olive

Arbequina Hardy Olive

Olea europaea 'Arbequina'

Arbequina Hardy Olive is an attractive, silvery-green foliage on a large evergreen shrub. Blooms in spring. It is a self-fertile fruiting olive, prized for its dark brown fruit with highly aromatic oil content. Cold hardy and highly adaptable, it produces abundantly in hot dry climates, ripening in fall. Makes a beautiful specimen shrub or small tree, even without fruit. Excellent in containers, as a specimen or on the seacoast. Needs full hot sun in our climate and deep, but infrequent watering. Grows slowly up to 35-40ft tall and up to 25ft wide. It is hardy in USDA zones 8-11, so winter protection is essential if it gets cold.

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Midknight Blue Agapanthus

Agapanthus x 'Monmid'

This summer flowering tropical perennial Midknight Blue Agapanthus is an exciting summer flowering tropical perennial with deep, violet-blue flowers held in tight clusters on tall stalks. Blooms in mid-spring through summer. Lush strap-like foliage is bright green. Great for borders and containers or poolside. Herbaceous perennial. Foliage reaches 2ft tall and up to 2-3ft wide. Flower stalks can reach 3-4ft. Best in full sun. Water regularly, more often in extreme heat. Lower watering requirements once established. Hardy in USDA zones 6-11

Anise Tree

Anise Tree

Illicium simonsii

The Anise tree is an exceptionally fragrant shrub or small flowering tree from China. Crushed foliage releases a spicy anise fragrance. Creamy yellow blooms may produce showy seedpods that resemble culinary star anise- do not ingest! Excellent for cool, lightly shaded spots. Blooms in late spring, may sporadically produce fragrant non-edible fruit. Best grown in part sun, 3-6 hours of sunlight. Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat .Grows slowly up to 6-8ft tall and up to 6ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 8-10

Corkys Honey Delight Fig

Corky’s Honey Delight Fig

Ficus carica ‘Corkys Honey Delight’

Corkys Honey Delight is a semi-dwarf fig notable for its vigorous habit and bountiful fruit, yielding two crops of succulent green figs each year. In our climate, we usually don’t get enough late summer heat to ripen the second crop. Sweet, amber-colored flesh with a flavorful honey note. This attractive small tree is well-suited for small city gardens where space is limited. Makes a superb accent tree. Provides a handsome leafy background when allowed to grow as a large shrub. Thrives in mild coastal areas and warm humid areas, but often hardy and prolific in zones 5 and 6 as well, if planted in a sheltered location. Deciduous. Needs to be grown in full sun, 6+ hours of sunlight per day. Reaches 10-12ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10. In very cold winters.

Star Jasmine Vine

Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides

Star Jasmine is a beautiful vine prized for its very fragrant, star-shaped, white flowers in spring and summer. Plant near a patio, terrace or entry where the fragrance can be enjoyed. In frost free areas, train on posts, walls or trellises, or allow to trail along as a groundcover. A superb summer container plant for colder regions. Twining stems spread to 18 to 20 ft. long; 1 to 2 ft. tall as a groundcover. Best in partial to full sun. Hardy in USDA zones 8-11.

Foxtail Fern

Foxtail Fern / Asparagus Fern

Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' The Foxtail Fern, also known as the Asparagus Fern is an unusual evergreen that adds textural contrast to perennial beds and borders. Long, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves. Blooms in spring, develops red berries in fall. An excellent choice for seasonal hanging baskets and containers. Best grown in part sun. Keep surface of soil moist, but not soggy. Moderately upright growth, 2 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide. Hardy in USDA zones 9-11

 

As always, please call ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing


Thursday, August 20, 2015
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

As we move into the lazy hazy days of August I can’t help thinking that I haven’t even scratched the surface of my own summer to-do list. Aaack... I not only have people and places that I haven’t had a chance to visit yet but I have painting, editing and sorting that I haven’t even put a small dent in.

So much for the lazy part, though I have had my eye on one of those hammock chairs…I tried one out and it is just perfect for reading…which is just one more thing I haven’t had a chance to do much of this summer. Actually when you think of it…those are not too terribly bad as far as problems go eh? Here is YOUR list… I’ve got my own.

Summer Lawns

Lawns

At stage 3 water restrictions there is not much to do. But there are a few more things that you want to try to avoid if you can, like heavy traffic, compacting, fertilizing and or spraying chemicals on your dormant lawn. If you really miss the green, you can buy a non-toxic green lawn spray paint. You can also use "gray-water". Think lightly used bathtub water or cleanish-water after the dishes. However, stay away from using heavily contaminated or soaped-up water in your lawn or plants.

Trees and Shrubs

You can still hand water trees and shrubs. Now is also a good time to do a little bit of thinning on fruit trees, Japanese Maples and Birch Trees if needed, as well as vines, of course. Remember to use proper pruning techniques and to remove branches no bigger than your thumb in thickness. Also follow the never more than 1/3 of the tree rule though I would adjust that to ¼ of the tree or shrub at this time for summer pruning.

Summer Pruning

Remember you do summer pruning to slow the growth of your tree or shrub while winter pruning invigorates growth. So if you have a young tree that you want to encourage growth, do not prune at this time. If you have an old fruit tree, vine or Japanese maple that you want to slow the growth of and thin them out a bit, then now is a pretty good time to do a light prune. Remember…the right tool for the right job…no hacksaws…don’t make me come over there…you know who you are.

Veggie Gardens

Veggie and Flower Gardens

You are still allowed to hand water at this time. With your veggies, you are in harvest mode and with flower gardens you are in deadhead mode. You can add mulch to keep the moisture in the ground. The brighter side is that weeding stays weeded for the most part!! There are some winter crops that you can begin planting right now such as kale, pac choi, carrots and other worthwhile goodies, provided you can keep up with the hand watering.

Summer Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

During the really long hot stretches consider moving them to slightly shadier positions and preferably grouping them. Once a week you might also want to sit them in a tray of water. Clipping back, deadheading and fertilizing will keep them looking healthy. I have actually changed from having the high up hanging baskets to having a lower hanger where I look down on my lovely planters rather than having them hanging on either side of the garage! Continue to feed as required. When a hanging basket stops flowering, it usually means it ran out of food!

water bowls

Wildlife

Keep our feathered and 4 footed friends in mind at this time. I have a couple of water bowls as well as birdbaths out for the birds and one out front for the other evening critters like the raccoons and the skunk down the road that I top up each day and they do get used!! Pools and ponds are drying up and an increasing number of urban wild critters are getting flattened on the roads as they are forced to travel farther distances to get to water sources.

You might want to put out an extra hummingbird feeder or two as well as many of the flower nectar sources are having a very compressed season of bloom.

Hummingbird Feeders

Bears might be coming down out of the mountains earlier than usual and please do help to keep them alive by securing your garbage and compost bins…that might even mean bringing them in to the garage. You can try to cut down on the compost bin smell by sprinkling with a layer of pine shavings every now and again as I have them handy for the 2 chinchillas I inherited the bales are pretty cheap and you can get them from your local feed store. It’s not perfect but it does help a bit. I know some folks use shredded paper but that helps more with the smaller kitchen catchers.

Between this list and your OWN summer to-do list you should have enough on your plate. Remember to take time to smell the roses…literally and take a moment, even if it’s just one where you can be quiet and still and just breathe in the summer because it will not be here for long and you will need to keep a little bit of it in your heart for those long dark November days.

Alright I know… lighten up, but I just went to Costco where they already have puffy jackets, Christmas lights and more ... I was feeling a bit glum and now I am trying not to make eye contact with the Costco-sized jar of Nutella… uh oh.


Thursday, October 9, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

As one of the largest North American growers, Monrovia is constantly introducing new and exciting plants, shrubs and trees into the gardens of Canada and the USA. In 2014, some of their more interesting selections include compact trees, colourful shrubs and a whole host of other types of plants. Here are six new selections available at Arts Nursery for Fall 2014

Enchantress Hydrangea

Enchantress Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'monmar'

Enchantress is an exquisite new re-blooming hydrangea with stately ruby-black stems supporting big, beautiful, mophead flowers. Blooms continuously through summer with blue flowers in acidic soils and pink flowers in more alkaline soils. Flowers fade to lovely cream-splashed green. This variety is prized for cut or dried flower arrangements. It is an enchanting selection for the mixed shrub border.  It forms a rounded shrub that reaches 3-5ft tall and wide. Best grown in part sun to part shade in moist, but well drained soils. Hardy to USDA zones 6-9. If necessary, prune after flowering.

SilverRay Korean Pine

SilverRay Korean Pine

Pinus koraiensis 'Silverray'

Few things are as enchanting as a mixed collection of evergreen conifers in the winter garden. Silver Ray Korean Pine is a bright conifer with silvery-blue coloured, long needled foliage on a semi-dwarf narrow tree. It is a tidy landscape specimen for residential as well as commercial use. Forms a tall, dense screen when planted in a row or shines as an individual specimen. Grows to 8ft tall and 4ft wide in 10 years, ultimately reaching 30ft tall and 10ft wide at maturity. Best when planted in full sun and moist, but well drained soils. Hardy to USDA zones 4-9.

Camouflage Japanese Aralia / Fatsia

Camouflage Variegated Japanese Aralia / Fatsia

Fatsia japonica 'Camouflage'

Camouflage is a highly sought after new Fatsia variety from Monrovia. Each leaf of this shrub or small tree possesses an exquisite melding of yellow, lime and green, providing an illuminating effect in a dappled shade setting. Prized for its unique, highly textural foliage, it often blooms fall to winter, producing showy panicals of white flower clusters followed by black seed clusters. While Camouflage Fatsia is evergreen, it does better with some winter protection. Planting it close to the house, near or under overhangs or large trees is beneficial. Best when planted in part sun but will tolerate full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Excessive yellowing could be a sign of too much sun. Grows 5-8ft tall and wide. Hardy in USDA zones 7-10.

Ginkgo Jade Butterfly

Jade Butterfly Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba Jade Butterfly

Jade Butterfly is a new variety of deciduous Ginkgo tree that forms an attractive vase shape with bright green uniquely shaped leaves and lovely gold fall colour. Greenish-yellow flowers appear in mid-spring. It is a slow growing, dense foliaged variety that makes a striking specimen. Best when planted in full sun in moist, but well drained soils. Reaches 12-15ft in height and up to 10ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9.

Magenta Saxifrage

Magenta Saxifrage

Saxifraga fortunei 'Magenta'

Brighten the cool season garden with sprays of vibrant magenta-pink flower clusters held above compact mounds of fantastic, bronze tinged foliage.Blooms in late fall to late winter. Plant this quintessental woodland garden perennial along pathway borders, in a lightly shaded rock garden or add for contrast to mixed containers plantings. Best in full to partial shade. Grows 6-10 inches in height and spread. Herbaceous perennial.

Red Berry Holly

Red Berry Holly

Ilex x 'Rutzan'

While not completely new, this outstanding Holly variety is well worth the mention. Red Berry produces abundant crops of tiny white spring flowers, followed by bright red berries. Both are combined with dense, deep green foliage to create an annual spectacle. It is a beautiful specimen or a hedge. Use for framing an entrance or lining a drive. Maintains its dense form with little or no pruning. Evergreen. grows 7-10 ft tall and 4-5ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 6-10. Performs best in full to part sun and needs regular watering.

 


Thursday, October 9, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Happy October to you!! Did you know that the leaves of trees change colour in the fall in reaction to the change in length of the day? Once a certain daytime vrs night time threshold value (specific to each type of tree and geographical area), is met, Chlorophyll, which gives the leaves their green colour is blocked from the leaf allowing the yellows and oranges to be unveiled.

Fall Colour Japanese Maples

Trees also have a temperature threshold which signals some to then produce anthocyanins, from the sugars trapped in the leaves, which give the red and purple colours. A warm fall like we are having here in the Lower Mainland with not quite enough difference in day and night time temps to hit most trees threshold for anthocyanin production ,are giving us a rather muted fall colour so far.

What I am hoping for is cooler night time temps while still maintaining the lovely fall daytime temps…not just for completely selfish reasons mind you, so we can get a brilliant fall show before a hard frost comes along with the knock down. Feel smarter? Me too. Now here is your to-do list.

Lawns

If you’re still thinking of seeding and major renovating I think you’re pushing your luck. You can still turf now as long as the ground isn’t frozen, but if you want it to sustain normal traffic you have to wait until it is rooted in. If our Novembers remain in character…you may be waiting awhile. Still time to get that last mow in and call your friends in Alberta while you are mowing. It will annoy them more if you have the sound of burgers sizzling on the BBQ as well. After you mow and finish your burgers winterize your mower and remove the gas.

Red Japanese Maples

Trees and Shrubs

Great time to plant new. Moving any existing trees and shrubs will have to wait until they are dormant. I don’t recommend pruning at this time unless it is to remove dead damaged or diseased branches.

Plants For Fall Garden Colour

Garden beds

A general tidy is ok, be mindful of being too tidy though. Most of you know the drill, but for any new readers, we have a huge number of overwintering pollinators in the hollow stems of perennials and ground. Tread lightly. Its a great time to add some fall and winter colour to both your garden beds and planters. A few of the plants looking great include bud-blooming heathers, ornamental cabbages and kales as well as winter pansies.

Garlic and Spring Blooming Bulbs

Bulbs

October is the absolute best time to plant spring flowering bulbs. The ground is little more moist and the selection is awesome. Get these little packages of flowering goodness in the ground now and you're spring garden will thank you!. It is also a wonderful time to plant garlic. Garlic planted now will be ready to harvest by next summer. This year we have some really neat varieties including Russian Red, Elephant and a couple of others.

Fall Planters

Planters

Group your evergreen and 4 season planters together where they will be protected and where you will get to view them. Refresh anything that needs refreshing and double check for drainage and cracks in the containers. For annual planters, cut down but leave the roots if you want to use them in a display as the roots will help you anchor greens and branches. If you are not going to use them in a display you can clean and empty them.

Yes, We Plant Custom Containers!

While we don't make a big deal of it, our talented garden designers can plant up customer containers for your patio or landscape. Just drop by and give us a sense of the style, colour and look you are after and we can make up something beautiful for you at a very good price. Usually it's only a few dollars more than the cost of materials. Call 604.882.1201 for more information.

Ponds

There is a lot of clean out at this time. Just keep at it. Fallen leaves and decaying plant material will release gasses into the water toxic to fish…especially when there is a layer of ice on the pond. Slow down your feeding and adjust the type of food as well for your fish as they begin to slow down with the cooler temperatures. Cut back decaying water plants. It's also time to blow out your irrigation too if you haven’t already.

Finally take a bit of time for yourself and check out some things in your community. There are often more than a few harvest festivals out there to enjoy. Don’t get too caught up in in your to-do list that you forget to stop and smell the fall air and the crunchy leaves. Also, its less than a month before eggnog lattes yay!!!


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With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to add a touch of the tropics to your garden...

Friday, June 16, 2017
Plant Something BC Contest

It's your last chance to enter the Plant Something BC contest. Here's how to enter:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
New Flower Bulbs For 2017

Is it possible that Christmas comes again in March? Every year, new summer blooming bulb varieties a...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Strawberry Growing Basics

If you ask people what their favourite summertime berry is… odds are they will say Strawberry. These...

Thursday, March 16, 2017
16 Stunning Hellebores for 2017

Hellebores are one of our favourite flowers for the later winter and early Spring. Given our never e...


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